How to Fold T-Shirts Like an Army Soldier to Free Up Space in Your Drawers


Once you know how to fold shirts fast for travel, you’ll never again spend 15 minutes huffing and puffing, trying to shut your overstuffed suitcase. Plus, you can use this laundry-folding hack to make more space in your drawers without having a get rid of a single shirt.

If you want to do something quickly and efficiently, do as the military does. (They’ve mastered a breathing technique guaranteed to help you fall asleep in 10 minutes or less.) Known as the “ranger roll” or “army roll,” this T-shirt-folding method lets you see everything you’ve packed, and it takes up less space than regular folding. This means more room in your suitcase for souvenirs!

How to Fold Shirts for Travel Using the ‘Ranger Roll’

The “ranger roll” is easy to master and can be done in a few seconds, with the end result being something that looks similar to a burrito. Here’s how to fold shirts for travel using the “ranger roll” in six easy steps.

  1. Lay your T-shirt flat on a sturdy surface like the floor or a table.
  2. Find the opening at the bottom and roll theff hem inside out about three inches, similar to how you would fold a beanie. Smooth out the corners, making sure the fabric lies flat.
  3. Fold the sleeves in on each side.
  4. Fold the shirt in half, placing one side over the other. The shirt should be roughly six inches across.
  5. Starting at the collar, roll up the shirt like you would a burrito. You want the roll to be tight to prevent wrinkles and make the shirt as small as possible.
  6. Once you get to the end, tuck the bundle into the rolled-up hem.

Confused? Check out the video below of the “ranger roll” in action, and learn how to roll your pants and jackets, too. 

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